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Do people living with HIV experience greater age advancement than their HIV-negative counterparts?

  • De Francesco, Davide
  • Wit, Ferdinand W
  • Bürkle, Alexander
  • Oehlke, Sebastian
  • Kootstra, Neeltje A
  • Winston, Alan
  • Franceschi, Claudio
  • Garagnani, Paolo
  • Pirazzini, Chiara
  • Libert, Claude
  • Grune, Tilman
  • Weber, Daniela
  • Jansen, Eugene HJM
  • Sabin, Caroline A
  • Reiss, Peter
  • Co-morBidity in Relation to AIDS (COBRA)...
  • Dewaele, Sylviane
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Ghent University Institutional Archive
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Objectives: Despite successful antiretroviral therapy, people living with HIV (PLWH) may show signs of premature/accentuated aging. We compared established biomarkers of aging in PLWH, appropriately chosen HIV-negative individuals, and blood donors, and explored factors associated with biological age advancement. Design: Cross-sectional analysis of 134 PLWH on suppressive antiretroviral therapy, 79 lifestyle-comparable HIV-negative controls aged 45 years or older from the Co-morBidity in Relation to AIDS (COBRA) cohort, and 35 age-matched blood donors. Methods: Biological age was estimated using a validated algorithm based on 10 biomarkers. Associations between ` age advancement' (biological minus chronological age) and HIV status/ parameters, lifestyle, cytomegalovirus (CMV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections were investigated using linear regression. Results: The average (95% CI) age advancement was greater in both HIV-positive [13.2 (11.6-14.9) years] and HIV-negative [5.5 (3.8-7.2) years] COBRA participants compared with blood donors [-7.0 (-4.1 to -9.9) years, both P's< 0.001)], but also in HIV-positive compared with HIV-negative participants (P< 0.001). Chronic HBV, higher anti-CMV IgG titer and CD8 thorn T-cell count were each associated with increased age advancement, independently of HIV-status/ group. Among HIV-positive participants, age advancement was increased by 3.5 (0.1-6.8) years among those with nadir CD4 thorn T-cell count less than 200 cells/ ml and by 0.1 (0.06-0.2) years for each additional month of exposure to saquinavir. Conclusion: Both treated PLWH and lifestyle-comparable HIV-negative individuals show signs of age advancement compared with blood donors, to which persistent CMV, HBV co-infection and CD8(+) T-cell activation may have contributed. Age advancement remained greatest in PLWH and was related to prior immunodeficiency and cumulative saquinavir exposure.

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